Terminology and Information on Drugs

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The UNODC publication “Terminology and Information on Drugs” introduces basic concepts and materials on substances under international control, which are most frequently manufactured or processed and/or abused, as well as definitions of scientific terms used in this context. It seeks to collate basic concepts and information on drugs of abuse, their corresponding abuse patterns, pharmacological effects and potential medical use, and act as an accessible and user-friendly resource.




Hallucinogens are a diverse group of naturally occurring and synthetic drugs that induce distorted states of consciousness, perception, thinking and feeling, accompanied by different degrees of auditory or visual hallucinations. They are also referred to as “psychedelics”, which ultimately produce synaesthesia [20] and altered perceptions of reality.


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